Valencia: Moyà; Bruno, Alexis, Dealbert,
Mathieu; Marchena, Banega (Maduro 80'); Pablo Hernández, Silva, Mata
(Joaquín 82'); David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Roberto; Valera (Juanito 40'), Perea, Pablo, Juanito, Antonio López; Jurado, Paulo Assunçao, Cléber Santana (Reyes 75'), Simao (Maxi 57'); Agüero, Diego Forlán. 4-4-2.
0-1. 07. Agüero. Connected with Jurado cross and steered shot wide of Moyà.
1-1. 25. Pablo. Took Banega pass and pulled ball round Antonio López to score.
2-1. 27. David Villa. Ran on to David Silva pass and struck shot wide of Roberto.
2-2. 92. Maxi. Drilled shot in on far post after Alexis headed on A. López cross.
Yellow cards: Villa 84', Silva 85', Maxi 90'.
Valencia and Atlético Madrid came in to the last match of the evening knowing that the losing manager could be up against the ropes. So in the end a 2-2 draw wasn't a bad result for either side.
Agúero put the visitors in front early on after Jurado and Forlán combined to set him up, and the Argentinian striker put another chance wide a few minutes later. But two goals in as many minutes by Pablo Hernández and David Villa turned the scoreline around, the former juggling the ball past Antonio López before poking a shot wide of Roberto, and the latter running on to Silva's through ball to beat Roberto.
Villa hit the post with a clever flick after the restart, but Atleti came back in the final minutes. And with the game in injury time, Alexis could only head Antonio López's cross in to the path of Maxi, who fired a first time shot wide of Moyà to level the scores. Abel's side stay in the bottom three for now, but at least he has won himself a reprieve. The midweek Champions League tie against Porto could be decisive for his future.